Effective internships are typically single-semester or at least six week, paid or unpaid major/ career-related work experiences designed to help students understand the professional applications, theories, ideas, principles and concepts of their academic studies. Involvement may be part-time, as little as 10 hours a week, or full-time.
An internship differs from a short-term job or volunteer experience in that the student enters in to it with intentional learning goals and a plan for reflection on learning. Internships provide students an opportunity to identify and strengthen skills needed in a given field and to gain professionally relevant experience. Students receive regular supervision from professionals in the field, with a clear understanding of duties, responsibilities, and expected results/outcomes.
A quality internship should enhance and complement the student’s personal, professional and educational development, bridging the classroom and the professional work environment.
Through the Internship Experience, students will demonstrate the ability to:
- Explain how their internship responsibilities relate to their major and/or career plans;
- Describe the professional skills developed through the experience and identify areas of additional learning required in support of their professional development; and
- Accomplish at least three self-identified outcomes that are specific and measurable for their internship experience.
To meet the criteria of the Internship Experience, students may choose 1 of the 2 learning activities:
Complete the Career Center’s Internship Certification Program (Students should choose this option for any internship that is not recognized on the official university transcript).
Criteria for this internship recognition include:
- Major/Minor or career-related duties & responsibilities
- Minimum of 6 weeks in duration
- Minimum of 10 hours per week (At least 60 hours over a semester or summer internship)
- Currently in an internship or completed within the last year
- Final approval by the Career Center including student/supervisor evaluations, student assessment of learning outcomes and student reflection
Complete an FSU Internship Course, which consists of the following:
- Recognition by an FSU College or Department; and
- Inclusion on the official transcript with a passing grade of C- or above or an "S" grade
Supporting Courses: Students will upload academic courses from their official university transcript that relate to their internship plan.
Internship Reflection and Evaluation
Utilizing the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society web portal, students will respond to the following reflection prompts relating to their internship experiences. These responses will be evaluated as part of the process of completion of the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society Program. Students should have their responses reviewed and, if appropriate, edited prior to submission.
Internship Reflection Prompts
For each response, please provide specific examples.
List the key steps of your Internship Experience (a bulleted list is fine).
Reflect on your Internship Experience and answer all of the prompts below using 200 to 250 words for each response. Avoid general statements by including details specific to your experience.
Describe your general impressions of the organization and your responsibilities.
Describe the nature of the orientation, training and supervision provided by the internship organization.
Describe the relationships that you developed with other interns, staff, administrators and your supervisor as well as your ability to expand your professional network.
Describe your accomplishment of learning objectives, personal and professional growth and increased self confidence resulting from the internship.
Describe how you increase your skills, knowledge, and marketability to expand your portfolio and resume.